BibiTheChi Reviews : 7 Dog Friendly Cafes and Restaurants in Singapore May 2016

My family and other dog pawrents need to eat good food during their weekends. Visiting Dog cafes can get rather tiresome after a while, for my Mom especially (not me for sure), when she has to watch me like a hawk to make sure that I don’t get mauled by being over-friendly to a bigger dog, and mark (pee) around the tables or chairs.

We haven’t visited all the Dog cafes in Singapore, e.g. Happenstance Cafe or Roboeyes Cafe but from what we have experienced with most places, they focus on finger food and there really much to talk about when it comes to their food. Since I don’t get to eat what I like most of the time, as Mom is so particular about me putting on extra weight, I hardly get to try any of their selections from the Dog menu *whine*

Sunray Cafe is just about the only Dog Cafe that we have tried so far that has rather decent food, good portions and good coffee. The last time we were at Sunray Cafe, Mom was chasing after me with the mop each time I felt the urgency to mark on someone’s table or chair. Since then, we don’t frequent Dog cafes as much as I would like to :(

Screen Shot 2016 05 07 at 11 04 25 amObviously this will never be for me :( from 3 Barks Cafe in 327 Joo Chiat Road. 

Since beginning of April, my family started to scout around for Dog Friendly cafes that they can visit on the weekends, where they can get to eat good food, while I can only watch. Sadly, this is a dog’s life!

I might not be able to try the food most of the time, but sometimes, I still get some morsels of food with no salt, spices or sauces. But after hearing my Mom vocally expressing her insights of the place and my boy’s review of the food from each place, I am able to compile this post for you with a review of each of the cafe/restaurant we have visited the past 2 months.



39 Jalan Mas Puteh Singapore 128637

Tel : 96465372

Screen Shot 2016 05 07 at 11 03 16 amThat’s Seared Tuna in the foreground, looked interesting, but fish will never be my top choice, Mom loved it though.

We have been here twice and the experiences have all been very pleasant. The ambience is good seated outside, and there are ample seats outdoors on a weekend evening.

W39 have good cakes and they have a small section of baked bread that patrons can buy home, but a limited selection of food from their menu. However having a small selection is alright when u do it well, and we have not been disappointed with their Seared Tuna, Steak, Wagyu Burger, Chicken wings and their good selection of non alcoholic drinks, beers and ciders. We have yet to try their brunch selections and their weekday lunch selections, as we have been there for dinner the both times we visited, but the cakes are good. Must try favourites are Warm Chocolate Cake and Sea Salt Caramel Cake. One of each isn’t enough for Mom. *snigger*

When u visit W39, do say Hi to Mimi the neighbourhood cat if you see her. She isn’t friendly with dogs and there was quite a bit of staring exchange going on when I was there the both times, but she is not hostile as long as you don’t go too near to her.

Seating Outdoors but sheltered.

Food : 8/10 Mostly Western Food Selections, with a good variety of cakes. 

Service : 7/10

Ambience : 10/10

Price : About $40 per head (with non-alcoholic drinks), with 2 slices of cake to share 

Overall Experience : 8/10



55 Lorong L Telok Kurau, Singapore 425500
Tel : 6346 0504

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The Garden Slug was one of the first few Dog Friendly cafes we scouted in the East and we weren’t disappointed with the food each time we visited. The pastas are generally consistent, except for the tomato-based one that we order during our last visit that was a tad bit salty, Mom and my boy loved the Salmon Carbonara though.

You wouldn’t go wrong with ordering any of their selections from their all day breakfast, however, we are going to go back for their steaks the next time when Dad joins us for dinner. The meat portions are rather large so it will be helpful if you have a family member/friend who love meat to share the platter.

Friendly and attentive service staff overall who will provide your dog with an icy bowl of water.

The cafe is located in the quiet neighbour with a Dog Therapy indoor swimming pool, Pet shop and Pet Groomer along the same stretch of shops.

Seating Outdoors but sheltered.

Food : 8/10 Mostly Western Food Selections

Service : 8/10

Ambience : 7/10

Price : About $35 per head (with non-alcoholic drinks), with no dessert

Overall Experience : 7/10


200 Netheravon Road Singapore 508529

Tel : 6475 0200

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 11.04.44 amCoastal Settlement with my friends, Sweetheart and Mao Mao

This place can be quite far to get to especially if you live in the West like I do, and if you don’t drive. The first time we visited was after visit to Pet Expo, and a few days after, we returned again when we were in that vicinity.

So far we have only tried their Fish and chips, Chicken Wings and Fried Calamari that are cooked rather competently. It will be a nice place to drop by for lunch if you reside in the Tampines/Pasir Ris/Changi neighbourhood. The outdoor area is spacious but most tables are under big umbrellas, so it will not be a good place to go to if it rains. I would also avoid going to the place in the evenings or nights, as it is surrounded by a small forested area, so there will be likely swamps of mosquitos lingering around the place at night.

Do make sure to go through your bill very carefully, especially on the weekends when they get crowded with pawrents and their dogs seated outdoors. The first time we visited, they overcharged Mom by more than $50 as Mom was busy chatting with friends and didn’t do through the bill carefully. She ended up paying for another table and didn’t realise it until she saw the bill again when we got home. *tsk tsk so careless, got too much money is it?* Also their service isn’t attentive at all, especially if you are seated outside.

But I guess we will still go back to try their other selections in the menu if we are in that vicinity.

Seating Outdoors, limited seats are sheltered. 

Food : 6 to 7/10 Mostly Western Food Selections but we haven’t tried much variety from their menu yet

Service : 5/10

Ambience : 7/10

Price : About $30 per head (with non-alcoholic drinks), with no dessert

Overall Experience : 6/10



205 Upper Thomson Road SIngapore 574345

Tel : 90041800

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 11.04.01 amSeated on one of the indoor bench chairs in Pasta J

The pastas are really of good quality and very tasty, our favourite is the Salmon Carbonara, the best we have even tasted. It’s one of the rare non Dog cafe that allows dogs in their indoor seating. Service is attentive and personalised as the owner himself greets the patrons and often is the one who takes the orders, all 3x we have been here. The owner of Pasta J has 2 Schnauzers and a dog lover, so I always get extra hugs and smooches by him each time I visit, which I don’t mind.

Tables indoors are limited, as the cafe is quite small but comfortable seating as they are not too close to one another.

Parking is limited alongside the cafe, but many lots available at Sin Ming Plaza across the road. I think it’s perfectly alright walk a little to find your way to good food.

Seating Indoors or Sheltered Outdoor Area

Food : 8/10 Mostly Pastas selections with some Grilled Meats 

Service : 9/10

Ambience : 8/10

Price : About $35 per head (with non-alcoholic drinks), with no dessert

Overall Experience : 8/10

**Our top choice when we are in Upper Thomson


1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569931

Tel : 65561533

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This is the only place, that no photo was taken of me in the cafe. So I can only share this one above. I was decked out in my black/white bow tie that evening, dressed well to be ready to be stepped on 😛 You will understand why when you read further on the review of this place.

We were there on a Friday evening, about 8.30pm. An hour before, Mom called to make a reservation, and the Cafe Manager who picked up the call told us we could just walk in.

When we arrived, there were hardly any tables at all, and we were given a seat in a dark and cramped walk-way, where the only light was streaming from the indoor area and a tealight candle on the table. Such low lighting that my Mom didn’t want to waste any of her time snapping a photo of me there. We were shown a leaflet of sorts with the house-rules for patrons who brought along their dogs, like keeping us leashed within their premises and listed out obvious no-no-s like pawrents sharing the utensils with us dogs *duh*.

Somehow having that list of house-rules started off our experience in this food establishment on a wrong footing, especially since Mom is the fastidious sort. We really frowned on the rule that dogs were not allowed on chairs, even tiny ones like me, who will only sit in my pet tote bag or on the cloth that Mom usually brings along to line the chairs, to make sure that I don’t dirty the chairs in the cafes or restaurants.

So the only option I had was on the floor and risked having my tiny foot or tail being stepped on.

So with me on the ground, in a cramped walk-way, I was nervous and Mom even more stressed that I would get stepped on by the service staff walking up and down hastily or by other patrons, so she ended gobbling up her food quickly and watching me most of the time and pulling back my leash each time someone walked past. Obviously with that, I couldn’t enjoy any of my dinner that Mom brought along for me, and I decided to go hungry for the evening.

The grilled Salmon that my boy order was simple but tasty, while the Teriyaki Cod Mom ordered was good as well but we don’t have much to say about the ambience and the seating overall.

Generally the food or service isn’t that fantastic for Mom to consider buying a foldable chair for me to sit on, to patronise this place. So we will be hard-pressed to consider this place again when we are back to Bishan Park on a weekend, instead we will be heading next door to Cornerstone Cafe instead.

Review of Cornerstone Cafe coming soon.

Tip to Save : Considering that Mom got the Entertainer App which gives us a free main course for any main course order, there were some savings of $20+ from our meal there.

Seating Outdoors, but limited seating that are sheltered. If you need your dog to sit on chairs (especially with the small toy breeds) please bring our own foldable chair. 

Food : 6/10

Service : 5/10

Ambience : 4/10

Price : About $45 per head (with non-alcoholic drinks), but without dessert

Overall Experience : 3/10  (A place that markets itself as being Dog friendly, but really isn’t that friendly)



11 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249673

Tel : 64768748

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Mom used to visit their first Dome outlet at Park Mall and loved their sandwiches and Citron Presse drink when she was a young adult and visiting this chain of cafes brought back memories for her. In recent years, they have expanded the selections on their menu and there are many different non-alcoholic beverages to choose from apart from Coffee and Tea.

We went for the Club Sandwich and Steak the first time. The Club sandwich was good as usual, but quality of meat for the Steak can be improved. My boy, having ‘gourmet’ tastebuds, rejected the whole dish after a few bites and Mom being thirfty, ended up finishing what’s left. I didn’t mind to help too, but Mom refuse to let me have any bite of the beef, the only thing I got to eat were bits of fried egg from the Club Sandwich *cheh*

The second time we visited like 2 days after our first visit, we ordered Seafood Pasta and Grilled Salmon in Brown Rice. The Seafood Pasta portions were generous, with fresh seafood and it was delicious (according to my boy). While Grilled Salmon was a healthier choice for Mom, and with a healthier choice, you can expect that it isn’t impressive in the taste department. Forgot healthy choices Mom! You know you want something rich and sinful.

The service can be rather slow while seated outdoors as the service staff are usually indoors but all you will need is to get the attention of the staff near the entrance each time u need service. But they have no problems at all with me seating on their chairs, best if you can bring a cloth like how Mom does to line the chairs before letting your dog sit on it (and the service staff serving us was a Malay guy some more!).

Perhaps the next time, I will show you what Mom lugs along in my Pet Tote each time we go out.

Tip to Save : Sign up for the Dome ‘Circle of Friends’ dining priviledges at $80 entitles you to a chockfull of benefits. A $20 dining voucher to offset your first bill, 10 cups of complimentary non-alcoholic beverages (we have been having free drinks for both times we were there), 1 complimentary main course, 1 complimentary welcome drink, 1 complimentary soup of the day, 50% off 1 slice of cake, 10% off regular menu price for 2 years and 20% regular menu during your Birthday month.

Seating Outdoors but sheltered. 

Food : 6/10

Service : 6/10

Ambience : 8/10

Price : About $30 per head (with drinks, but without dessert)

Overall Experience : 7/10

**Our top choice right now whenever we are in Dempsey, as we like the quiet and breezy area where we are seated. 



20 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village Singapore 277679

Tel : 6464 5238

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We haven’t tried the Korean BBQ both times we visited this place but tried their Bulgogi Beef and Japanese Cuisine, which is quite good. There is another outlet in Novena Square 2 but only this one in Holland Village is Dog-Friendly as there is outdoor seating. We were here for lunch the first time and was initially concerned that it might get hot seating outdoors, but we were pleasantly surprise that it was quite cool seated outdoors with their ceiling fans turned on. The second time we visited was for dinner and it was even more pleasant seated outside in the evening.

Interestingly, Hansang Korean is one of the few restaurants in Holland Village that is Dog Friendly, despite being in a place where there are many cafes and restaurants that have outdoor dining areas. There are 2 more cafes that are dog friendly along Lorong Mambong but are only open for lunch, which we have yet to visit. While there is another place known as Park which is Dog-friendly, but have extremely limited seats.

Generally the availability of Dog friendly cafe/restaurants in Holland Village is disappointing, so we only visit Hansang Korean when my family goes to Holland Village for their meals.

Seating Outdoors but sheltered. 

Food : 7/10

Service : 7/10

Ambience : 7/10

Price : About $30 per head (if you don’t order the Korean BBQ meats), at least $50 per head if you are having Korean BBQ

Overall Experience : 7/10

**Our top choice right now whenever we are in Holland Village


I really hope that there will be more Dog Friendly places sprouting from all over the Island, so that I can get to go out with my family everytime for their meals.

However, we do need the help of fellow dog owners too, to be considerate of others and think for the service and cleaning staff in these places. The more we are considerate for others, fewer places will slap us with details of their house rules which leave a bad taste in our pawrent’s mouth even before they can eat anything from the food establishment.

Also there will be a chance that more food establishments will go that additional lengths to apply for a license for Dogs to accompany their Pawrents during their visits to these places. Often cafes/restaurants with outdoor seating do not want to allow Dogs in their premises, due to negative encounters of patrons who bring their dogs to these places that are NOT civic minded (too common in Singapore).


Some tips when bringing your dog along with you dining in these Dog friendly (but not Dog cafes) :

  • Keep your dog leashed at all times, to ensure that they do not disturb other patrons in the cafe / restaurant
  • If your dog is not friendly and have a tendency to bite if they are touched by strangers, do let the other patron sitting near you know, especially if they seem keen to pet your dog.
  • If you have a toy-sized dog who prefers to sit on chairs, do bring your own cloth or mat to line the chairs to ensure that they do not dirty the chairs for other patrons. Or if the food establishment is very particular about dogs sitting on their chairs, bring a foldable canvas chair along with you (can be purchased at $9.90 from Giant Supermarkets).
  • Get your dog to wear a belly-band if your dog is male and leashed on the ground, and have this habit of marking places where they are scent of other dogs. Make sure your dog have done his/her toileting before settling down in any food establishment.
  • This might be common sense for most pawrents or dog owners, but please do not allow your dog to eat from their plates or eat from their utensils. Or put them on the tables.


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No Cough or Flu for the next 6 months.

I haven’t been sick with flu or cough for close to 7 months, and I plan to keep it this way as long as I possibly can.

The only time i got sick was a couple of weeks ago with food poisoning (eating food from a cafe), besides that I haven’t felt any ailments of a flu or cough for quite a while.

I don’t take supplements, no vitamin C pills either. My strong immunity is likely due to my diet, since I started having salad for brunches every other day on a weekday.

I still have not-so-healthy lunches at least once-twice a week, but make a point to maintain a salad brunch 3x a week. I eat like a normal person for dinner, with regular carbohydrate-packed, stir fried chinese dishes. On weekends, I eat like any typical Singaporean who love going out to eat.

My salad brunches have been the same the last 6 months, comprising of lettuce and rocket, cherry tomatoes and a sliced apple, topped with Japanese wafu dressing. 

My salad will be paired up with a bread bun, or 2 slices of toast if I need some carbohydrates. For those days when I go for only the salad, I will snack on processed foods like biscuits (not the whole pack! 3-4 pieces) when I get hungry at 3-4pm, other times I just go with more fruit, like a banana or another apple.

The past month, I discovered that putting together a couple of ingredients, which I found to be full of vitamins, minerals and health benefits, tossed together in a non-conventional salad can be a boost to my immunity and long term health.

Ingredients you need; Salad 1

1 Orange 1 Lime (not Calamansi, but the larger ones) 

1 cup of Organic Spinach

3-4 dashes of pepper (or more, if you like your pepper)

4-8 dashes of Tumeric 


Sounds like a strange concoction of ingredients, meshed together in a salad, isn’t it?

When you see what are the benefits of these ingredients, you will understand why;

Step 1 :  Orange and Lime

Slice up the orange into bite sized pieces, quarter the lime and squeeze the lime juice over the oranges. Then let the orange and lime sit for about 3 minutes

Salad 2

These fruits are like natures’ medicine, full of vitamin C. Lime was the first fruit to be used in medicinal uses, it helps with weight loss, skin care, improved digestion, relief from constipation, eye care. And treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorders, gout, urinary disorders etc.

While Oranges help prevent cancer, kidney diseases, lower cholesterol, boost heart health, fights against viral infections etc.  However don’t go for the easy option to buy Orange juice from the supermarkets, thinking that the benefits from the juice and the fruit will be similar.

Step 2 : Raw Organic Spinach with a couple of dashes of Tumeric and Black Pepper Salad 5 Spinach : Go for the Organic varieties as leafy greens like Spinach tend to have the most pesticides. Spinach is much more nutritious than lettuce, and it has Vitamin K, A, C, E, B2, B6, iron, calcium, folare,  zinc, dietary fibre. It is a heart healthy food, good for overall healthy cardiovascular system. Has magnesium to lower blood pressure, anti-inflammatory properties, and slows down the age-related decline in brain function and lutein for protection against eye disease. More here to be convinced.

Tumeric : Tumeric is an old Indian spice with a medicinal compound known as Curcumin.

Curcumin is a subtance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is linked to improved brain function and lower risk of brain diseases. It lowers risk of heart diseases and can prevent (maybe even treat) cancer and has benefits against depression.

When taken with black pepper which contains pipeline, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.

However for this salad, don’t overdo on the Tumeric as it might give the salad a medicinal powdery aftertaste. Adjust accordingly to your taste buds.

Black Pepper :  Black Pepper enhances our ability to taste food. stimulating our salivary glands so we experience flavors more fully.

It is another heart-healthy food, regulates blood pressure and has cancer fighting benefits.

Step 3 : Add the Orange (with lime juice), and pour the remaining orange and lime juice mix in with the Spinach.

If you like your flavor of Tumeric and Black Pepper to be more intense, add some dashes of Tumeric and Black Pepper on the sliced oranges. Salad 6 Still think that it will taste strange? You will be surprised how appetizing this salad is.

The greens pair perfectly with the burst of sweet and sour citrusy flavors. When coupled with the earthier notes of mustard and horseradish taste of Tumeric, and the heat and sharp bite of black pepper creates a salad bursting with flavor and character.

For someone who doesn’t eat salads, but love food with black pepper, K finds the taste of this salad intriguing. Salad 8 I can eat this salad 3x in a week, without getting sick of its taste. As each time, the taste varies with the sweetness of the orange that I select for the salad.

Besides, the concoction of orange, lime, turmeric and black pepper also makes a great alternative for a salad dressing. So consider skipping the unhealthy bottle of Thousand Island dressing when you are planning to buy salad dressing at the Supermarket.

Give the Orange Salad a try, and you will surely see the rewards on your overall immunity and long term health!


Other Food Ideas on this blog :

A Healthy Breakfast Challenge

So take that, Wild Honey

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A SMB Bake Date!

It has been a crazy couple of weeks and I have been craving for cake.

Not the rich decadent sort, but something that could fulfill my cake craving and not have to feel guilty about eating it. I finally got to eat cake (that I made myself!) after spending Saturday morning with Pauline and Louisa of Munch Ministry, and 13 ladies from SMB, where we learnt how to make Hokkaido Chiffon Cakes.


Part of the process in making a chiffon cake is beat the egg whites into a meringue. Unlike the traditional Pandan Chiffon Cakes that my mom used to bake often when I was a child, there isn’t a need for the egg whites to be beaten into stiff peaks for Hokkaido Chiffon Cakes. It isn’t that difficult to make the chiffon cake, however you will need to take note some of the small details in the process to achieve the light and airy texture of the cake.

The separation of the egg white from the egg yolk has to be done quite gingerly, to ensure that no egg yolk will find its way into the bowl of whites which will affect the fullness of the meringue.


As you can see, the activity of separating egg yolks from the whites, can be easy for some like Estella. While for others, like Jennifer, some of the egg yolk did manage to find their way into her bowl of egg whites and she had to try to remove the runny yolks from the mixing bowl. As for my own experience separating yolks from the white? I wasted one egg after being too heavy handed, breaking the yolk when hitting the egg swiftly against the edge of a bowl.

Still need some help in learning how to separate the egg yolk from the egg white? Here’s 6 different ways how to separate egg yolk from the whites.

When it came to beating the egg whites, cream of tartar was added to stabilize the egg whites. Do make sure that the mixer and mixing bowls are clean and dry, Any specks of oil, water or yolk can affect the volume of the meringue. Here are more useful tips I learnt to ensure that the meringue stiffens;

1. Wait for the egg white mixture to turn bubbly and foamy during mixing before adding the sugar. The sugar needs to be added gradually in 3 parts, instead of all at once

2. Cold eggs separate more easily, so do leave the eggs out at room temperature before beating, for maximum volume in the meringue

3. Use copper, glass or stainless steel mixing bowl, and not plastic as it might keep some grease stains which will affect the meringue

4. A small amount of cream of tartar stabilizes the ‘foam’ and makes it less likely to collapse

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Digress. I think mom bloggers are experts when it comes to knowing when to stop what they are doing / pass the job to someone else, flash their pearlies and strike that perfect pose for 5 seconds, when a roving camera comes along for a photo opportunity.

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Now back to baking.

Mabel (my baking partner) and I shared the duties, she worked on the egg yolk mixture, while I focused on getting the meringue ready. We were concerned initially that the meringue mix was done too early and that it might curdle and collapse before folding in the egg yolk mixture. However, Pauline mentioned that the recipe will work fine even when the meringue is kept aside for a while before being added in (Phew!). Would have been a different story though, if it was Pandan Chiffon that we were attempting to make.

We gently folded in the egg yolk + vegetable oil batter into the egg white meringue and took note not to stir or beat the batter in, so as to ensure a light and fluffy chiffon cupcake. Then it was time to pour the mixture into cupcakes holders and pop in to the oven for about 15-25 minutes.


The cupcakes were removed from the oven when it was lightly browned, and Mabel and I waited for the cupcakes to cool before piping in the custard filling.


We were likely the most efficient team that morning, who got our cupcakes rather quickly into the oven then piped in custard fillings and we couldn’t resist picking up one each for ourselves to try. Probably on a good day with cake cravings, I could devour 5 of these at one sitting.


Ta-daa! Team Efficient with our Hokkaido Chiffon Cakes!

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Munchministry 22Front (L to R) Mabel, Ai, Cherie, Estella, Louisa, Pauline, Nicole and Jiahui, Me, Regina and Caden. Adeline, Klessis, Connie, Liza, Jennifer, PC and Delphine.

Thanks to Pauline and Louisa for hosting this scrumptious bake date to add to the celebrations for our 1st birthday for SMB. Do check out Munch Ministry website for the recipe for Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes.

Do also read Mabel’s post on our baking session with plenty of candid photos.

What’s next for SMB is One? Stay tuned, details to be shared soon!


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